{{{Hug a Vet Today}}}

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Here are a couple of pictures to remind you why you should {{{Hug a Vet}}} today.

American Flag

As you approach the Vietnam Veterans Memorial it looks pretty small and unimpressive. Don't be fooled by the layout of the ground. Those center panels are over ten feet tall and the entire memorial is covered with 58,261 names of the men and women killed or missing in action.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

There are many memorials in Washington, DC, but in my opinion, none of them can evoke the emotion you feel when you visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. During Rolling Thunder, I have seen three hundred pound, tattoo covered bikers crying while remembering a fallen friend. You can't visit the wall and walk away unaffected.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

You frequently see people touching an engraving on the wall. There is a connection there somewhere, a relative, friend, parent or child. 

Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Many people leave items at the base of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Family, friends, and fellow vets, leave flowers, notes, pictures and sometimes a very personal item. Very often you'll find a pair of empty boots, and it's heartbreaking to see. There is just something about an empty pair of jungle boots left for a dead or missing comrade that is so intense in its message.

Vietnam Veterans Wall

A simple message at the Korean War Memorial that is especially poignant today, Veterans Day.

Korean War Memorial

The soldiers of the "Forgotten War." Over 54,000 American soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice in Korea, proving that Freedom is not Free.

Korean War Memorial

The World War II Memorial was late in coming to honor those who served in the war to end all wars. Many WWII veterans died before it was built, including my father.

WWII Memorial

The proud veterans of WWII still hold their heads up high.

WWII Memorial

Each star on the wall accounts for one hundred American men and women, missing or killed in action during WWII. There are four thousand stars.

WWII Wall

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Guarded 24/7 by the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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It wasn't easy being a veteran in the Vietnam era. I was spat upon in airports and called names for my service. That is why I am so proud now of how our country treats veterans with honor. I know their sacrifices...

Nov 11, 2010 01:51 AM #9
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Thank you for this.

I lived in Northern Virginia for 5 years and had the honor of attending Rolling Thunder a couple of years.  The one thing I will always remember - aside from the sound of the bikes starting their journey...that low rumble - was seeing these men at The Wall, watching them break down when seeing their buddies names' for the first time.

The sacrifices these men and women made and are making are something that will always be with me.

Nov 11, 2010 01:53 AM #11
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GABE: Same here and right back at you.

ROY: Thanks and have a great day in Maryland.

GAB: Thank you for the re-blog my friend.

PAUL: Same here at SEATAC and SFO. Never made any sense to me...spitting on someone who is combat trained and in the best shape of their life. Idiots just thought I was going to take it. Thanks for your service.

EMMARY: Rolling Thunder is amazing to watch in person.

Nov 11, 2010 05:02 AM #13
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Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
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All gave some and some gave all. I saw that quote today in the Veteran's Parade and it says it all Rich! My cousin Randall Edwin Graves is on the Vietnam War Memorial and his father Robert Edwin Graves on the Korean War Memorial wall. Hugs to you and thank you for the post!

Nov 11, 2010 05:34 AM #14
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Richard, great post, I love that section of DC. BTW you have to go see the Korean Memorial at night, it is incredible. My favorite war memorial

Nov 11, 2010 06:30 AM #15
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How easy it is to forget that the guy overseas wishes he was here eating a burger, watching a movie and talking with friends and family under the banner of the American flag...the American way. I have son who put in his time to remind me, but I always remain grateful to my my sons and daughters out there....I join them..

Nov 11, 2010 07:53 AM #16
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WANDA: I'll see if I can get an etching next time I'm down there.

GERRY: Never seen it at night. I'll just have to try that.

RICHIE: Even with the communications they allow today, its still difficult being that far away from home.

Nov 11, 2010 07:58 AM #17
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Great posting and i agree 100%

i don't have any member of the family that was in the Viet Nam war but when i was in DC i made a point to visit the VNW Memorial, and it was still a very emotional experience.

Everyone should visit it close up

Andy

Nov 11, 2010 08:18 AM #18
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Rich,

If I remember correctly, I should be hugging you today.  While I didn't hug anyone in the office or supermarket, I did ask those I met and thanked them for their service. Had the honor of attending the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial. My dad made a special trip to visit me in DC as soon as the Korean was completed; I still remember how his tears moved me...

Nov 11, 2010 08:59 AM #19
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Kristin Mason
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Great pictures, I didn't hug a Vet but I did hug and Active Soldier.  My son is currently stationed at Fort Riley Kansas and came home for the weekend!  Proud ARMY MOM ! HOOAH!

Nov 11, 2010 09:04 AM #20
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Great pics Rich and a sobering reminder that freedom is not free!

Nov 11, 2010 09:15 AM #21
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Great pics Rich and a sobering reminder that freedom is not free!

Nov 11, 2010 09:16 AM #22
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Richard, this is my favorite Veterans Day Post. Thanks for letting you great pictures tell the story. I know more than a few names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and appreciate your remembrance of ALL veterans!

Nov 11, 2010 09:24 AM #23
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Rich... this was awesome... I need to include this one in the post that I wrote early this morning... loved the pictures and some of the things that you mentioned.  I didn't practice what I preached in my post today... the day got away from me and this is just another reminder... thanks

jeff belonger

Nov 11, 2010 11:57 AM #24
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Rich, amazing photos and yes, affected deeply by them. Can only imagine what it must be like to walk that area in person. Thank you for posting them and sharing. 

Nov 11, 2010 12:42 PM #25
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Thank you for offering that Rich, I'd love it.

Nov 11, 2010 01:56 PM #26
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@Paul #9, Had the same experience when I came home. Couldn't get the uniform off fast enough. Never looked back. Little late for thank you's for us damage done & can't be repaired.

Nov 11, 2010 04:05 PM #27
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Thanks for the post.  I have many Vet friends and I do hug them and just not on Veteran's Day.

Nov 12, 2010 02:41 PM #28
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Beautiful photos, Rich, you really captured the essence of these DC monuments!

Nov 12, 2010 03:37 PM #29
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Thank you for posting this beautiful tribute and reminder to everyone just what it means to be a Veteran. The Vietnam Memorial and the Tomb of the Unkown are two very touching, emotional monuments that everyone should visit if they can.   We work with veterans and active duty soldiers on a daily basis here at Ft. Hood and never fail to tell them how much we appreciate their service.

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